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DEBRA WAWZYSKO
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Username: Dwawz

Post Number: 2
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 - 9:10 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

My 11 day old foal has been fine. Yesterday morning he was walking on his toe, left front. I could not see anything wrong, he was fine on his right side. I did let him out for part of the day, brought him in early. He did not try to run around, seemed very gimpy. My first thought is that maybe mom stepped on him, could not see any kind of wound, no heat to the touch. Then I wondered if maybe he is suffering from contracted tendons. Does this happen on just one side? I've read diet may be a concern, does mom's diet affect this? This morning, he was still up on his toe, but was really trying to play some. When he came in tonight, he was not quite as upright, but his heel was still not down. He is a pretty good size foal, TB/Rheinlander cross. Any thoughts? My vet will be out tomorrow. I want to make sure I cover all the bases with him. thank you!
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Post Number: 10701
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Monday, Jun 28, 2004 - 6:37 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hello Debra,
Yes you can have contracture on just one side but that is less likely to be due to systemic causes like over-nutrition. It would be unusual for lameness to be present immediately with primary contracture, so I wonder if your foal is lame and not putting the heel down because it hurts. Let us know what the vet says.
DrO
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DEBRA WAWZYSKO
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Post Number: 3
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Posted on Monday, Jun 28, 2004 - 7:38 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Dr. O
Vet was out this evening, foal doing better. Best guess is mom may have stepped on him. No sign of contracture. Whew!
Thanks
Debbie
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Nancy Lerch
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Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Thursday, Jun 2, 2005 - 2:17 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Dr. O
My 15yo Hano mare foundered about 6 weeks ago. She was obese at the time. We caught it quickly and treated her. My question is when is it safe to return her to pasture of any kind. She has been locked up in a stall and bare paddock. Is it okay to slowly put her on the pasture. I have mowed it several times and the grass is just now starting to turn brown. While she has been locked up I just fed her dry grass hay,,,the last week or so I have slowly started introducing some grass/alfalfa mix hay.
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Nancy
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Post Number: 13023
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Friday, Jun 3, 2005 - 7:36 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Welcome Nancy,
That really is a decision that should be made by the examining veterinarian and depends a lot on severity and reason for restricting access. We do provide quidelines for treatment including stall rest at, Equine Diseases » Lameness » Diseases of the Hoof » Founder & Laminitis » Founder & Laminitis an Overview.
DrO
PS: you should read the posting rules before posting again. This is Debra's discussion about her foal and you should begin your own discussion on your horses's founder in the founder topic if you have questions about what you read there.
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